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Zazen in the MRI Machine

I had my annual physical today, the way they do it in Japan.

(Wow, I hope my fellow Americans soon get a national health insurance system like they have here in Japan … let’s just say that there is not an inch or opening of the body left untouched, and it cost me what a single emergency room visit used to run me in the States. As a matter of fact, an emergency room visit last week in Japan, with x-rays and tests and such,  cost me the equivalent of $20 US … and I got excellent treatment).

But, anyway,  today as I was stuffed into the MRI machine, later as the tummy camera was stuffed down my throat, then as something else was stuffed somewhere for the prostate exam … each presented a perfect time for a moment of Zazen …  (I bet you knew I was gonna say that)



(I’m talking about the Zazen!)

(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)

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posted June 29, 2009 at 10:19 am

I think about this when I go into see my doctor this week.
Gassho, from one chicken to another,

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posted June 29, 2009 at 10:20 am

I meant to say ‘I will’

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posted June 29, 2009 at 10:39 am

I get annual MRIs of my brain, and from the first time I had one, I realized that it’s the perfect time to do zazen. Because you simply can’t do anything else, for about 20-30 minutes… The noise even helps, because of the rhythm.

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posted June 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I need to so zazen when I fly as that’s when I am a chicken. Gassho, Andrea

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posted June 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Hope all your tests show you are in perfect health. You don’t have to get your sense of humor tested, though; there’s nothing wrong with that!

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posted June 30, 2009 at 9:25 am

Laughter is the best medicine. Thank you, Jundo!
from Colorado

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posted July 15, 2009 at 4:57 am

Just found this blog site, and this is the 2nd page I’ve read. I notice Rev. Cohen (apologies if I have the title wrong) is doing something very innovative using his online presence. I hope many people benefit from his endeavours. There’s a nice feel here with Rev. Cohen’s easy-going manner.
Reading Kirk’s post of June 29th (boy, am coming in late on this page too) where he’s doing ‘Za’zen in the MRI machine. What’s wrong with MRI Zen? Anyways, hope he didn’t zap the equipment and his results were OK.
…. Cheers ! ………

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MRI Machine

posted July 30, 2009 at 4:10 am

I can’t wait until they get a socialized healthcare system in the US either. Combine that with private medical insurance and you really can’t go wrong. The cost of an MRI in the US is around 1,100 USD. Depending on what type of scan you have done. You’d probably pay around $100 of this, depending on your insurance provider. I’d say you did pretty well!

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ganhe dinheiro

posted June 5, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs
I stumbleupon everyday. It’s always interesting to read articles from other authors and
practice a little something from their sites.

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